In a potential blow to their tight end depth, the Bears lost veteran Zach Miller to a foot injury in their 20-19 preseason win vs. Jacksonville on Thursday night.
The specifics on Miller’s injury are not known. Peggy Kusinski of NBC Chicago observed Miller sporting a walking boot on his injured left foot after the game. Per multiple reports, Miller was taken off the field via cart in the second quarter.
The 29-year-old Miller was a surprise standout in Chicago’s exhibition opener vs. Philadelphia, catching six passes for 68 yards and two touchdowns.
Bears backup quarterback Jordan Palmer called Miller’s injury “heartbreaking,” according to Jeff Dickerson of ESPN Chicago.
“Goes in the game last week and has six catches and two touchdowns, and we’re riding high. He’s so confident. And then to get one of those injuries; it’s not a work-ethic injury. It’s not that he’s out of shape or has bad technique. It’s just a total bad luck injury,” Palmer said, per ESPN Chicago.
According to Dickerson, Bears coach Marc Trestman indicated the team would have a better idea of Miller’s prognosis on Friday.
Miller is one of five tight ends on Chicago’s roster. Martellus Bennett is the top target, with Dante Rosario, Jeron Mastrud and Matthew Mulligan also in reserve.